Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Email flyer received


Reminder...we will be spinning the tunes for you one week from today on March 6th at the Fleet Club from 6pm to 9pm. That's the FIRST Tuesday of the month, which is our regularly scheduled monthly appearance at the Fleet Club.

It would be great if we could reach our goal of 50 dancers, as "March comes in like a lion" and we should also. Please contact your networks and let them know we are ready to have a great time, especially since we had only one show last month.

You might also want to mark your calendars for our next show at the PC Elks Lodge, 6pm to 9pm on the third Tuesday of the month, March 20th - which happens to be the first day of Spring. I am brain-storming appropriate Spring musical themes, and would welcome your emailed requests. Hmmmmmm.

A $5 donation will be greatly appreciated.

If you haven't visited our web site recently, (address below) you might enjoy it. There are some nostalgic photos of Oahu people and places from the 50's and 60's on the bottom of the "About Us" page. Also, if you are planning a party we have listed dozens of fun themes you might want to consider on the "Company, Holiday, Theme" page. 

Mahalo, and Aloha!
 Professor Bob, Da Spin Doctor

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Feedback Slows

The feedback from the Moanalua Corridor has slowed to a crawl and the hits show it. It is now in the mid forties and from experience it may go into the thirties by next month. At present the only feedback we have gotten is from Elk's Lodge and Fleet Lounge. And that is only once per month.

"One of the greatest discoveries that people make, one of their great surprises,
is to find that they can do what they were afraid they couldn't do."

We are hoping that one of the studios, one of these days will see the light. and give us some feedback. Then there is the possibility of a new dance club in the upper Moanalua Corridor. The upper Corridor is wide open. Specially that lately there is so much action going in the bars and nightclubs.

Meanwhile, our newbie, Oahu -West blog is rolling. With Kapolei Chapter HBDA getting in the news with write ups and photos, and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club giving us feedback and having their doings posted, it is moving. A couple more months and they will catch up with Moanalua Corridor. Hits mean readers and that is the name of our game.

"Disco Inferno" by Trammps

The Wednesday Pau Hana Dance: The old Tea Dance
possibly revised in the Moanalua Corridor.

Right after work, from 5 to 8 or 9, Happy Hour but less drinking, more of everything else, dance, eat, socialize. It would help to remove the midweek stress effectively. After an exhausting working day, you need to eliminate your stresses. Such can be accomplished by focusing on something you love doing and will keep your mind busy. For a moment, nothing else matters when dancing. You have a tendency to forget everything else and concentrate on what you’re doing.

It will broaden your circle of friends. It’s in an atmosphere conducive to your interacting with people that share the similar passion that you have, and potentially make lifelong friends. There’s something always to discuss when everyone hangs around together. Others simply expand their current circle of friends. And then there are also people that find romance on the dance floor. In our social-cultural environment, it is all up to you. An extra would be the freeway home, - a piece of cake.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Plot Thins

We are getting very little information from the second most populated area next to Waikiki. But an old club HBDA has a chapter in Kapolei that is now the largest chapter in the organization. They communicate and are known not only in the west but over the entire island through their blogging.

"The only journey worth taking is the journey within."

Take a peek into the Oahu - West blog and you can see their latest write up and photos. That sends the hits on Oahu - West going through the roof.  That means people are reading it. It does not hurt that they also have some of the best teachers of the American Style of dance. All you have to do is click the name on the side bar and the blog will appear like magic on your screen.

Moanalua Corridor is coming down in hits and Aloha - West is going up in hits. Somewhere in the next few months, Aloha - West will overtake Moanalua Corridor. They coulda been a contendah. So the entire dancing scene in the West is changing for the better.

While you are at it you could also look into what Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has to to contribute in the same blog. Terrific pictures, beautiful posters and we just need a little more written information. But they are also getting to be very prominent on the Ballroom scene in the west. They have discovered a beautiful new place for a Dinner/Dance at Halemano Plantation. These people are leading the way to the North Shore.

"Time After Time" by Placido Domingo

With Line Dancing getting started in Waianae, can social-recreational dancing be far behind? Ewa will have something before the end of the year. The South West Shore may come into prominence. For now most do not know what social-universal dancing is. It ain't Ballroom anymore.

Meanwhile the Professional Studios still think in terms of Web sites. So difficult for them to make good communicative use of our present blogs. Eventually they will learn. Blogging will make a big difference. Probably occur on the Waianae Coast when they get their first Social Dance Studio.

Some are getting their own Web or Blog sites. But it is only for show, if you do not need to know how many people read it. If you have no counter you will never know nor will anyone else. Quite simple but you make the decision.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Slow Down

Yes, it is definitely there. Moanalua Corridor at its peak (when Jim Brierley was in) was in the sixties in average hits per day. So many nice people were being added to the readers. I was beginning to think in terms of second place. During the latter part of last year it went down to the fifties. Now, that we do not have the dance news or photos readily availiable in that sector the hits are down in the forties.

"Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still or worst."

The counters are not the complete answer of course, but they do convey some very important data. We shall see what evolves. The Elks Lodge and the Fleet Lounge seem to be still remaining but we are not clear on that. Communication implies two way, and our blogs are not Web sites, so they are specifically set up for two way communication.

The Dance scene continues very nicely in Westgate in the upper Corridor and at Ige's 19th Puka. Now if we could get some news from the three Studios or any one of them. We could get something going for the Moanalua Corridor blog. Otherwise, the future looks bleak.

My limited experience in any kind of blogging gives me a little eye opening data. Blog sites (which usually do better than Web sites in hits) go through the first month at less than 10 average pageviews per day. And it definitely has to do with the amount of blogging that is done. Once a week will probably keep you at less than ten. Those with a little news and twice a week, you can hit 15 to 20 average hits per day.

"Manha De Carnaval" by Placido Domingo

My own personal blog at once or twice a week gets 12-13 pageviews per day. I have two new ones that have trouble going over 20. But the two are dance blogs and for test I limited the intros that I made for the others. I want them to make it on our Links only. Then too, those two have limited Information contributors and no Guest Authors. With a little more time and a Guest Author, they will hit the magic 34/day equal to 1000 hits for 30 day month.

Struggling to get to 20/day

Town Dancer our top blog averages over 134/day equals 4000 hits for a 30 day month. Oahu And Beyond comfortably in the seventies. Web sites of course rarely have "breaking" news and many are not always updated in a timely fashion. So their hits in the dancing field are not as high as blogs. But since few of them have counters it is difficult to know.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Times, they are achanging

Moanalua Corridor blog is definitely slow and I think Oahu - West will catch up. We have had very little kokua from Dance Hawaii, so there will be an even bigger slowdown and perhaps a possible deletion of the blog. The hit counters are what tell the tale. That is why many Internet items do not have counters, they don't want anyone to know.

"It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person:
Always do what you are afraid to do."

HBDA showed no intent to using the blog info even though the hits were there. So no use bothering them. Now the same seems to be true with Dance Hawaii. We must wish all of them the best of luck. But we must look for those that will understand the advantage of a hit counter. For now we are losing hits.

The Fluke of History will now be transferred over to Oahu - West blog and hopefully increase the reader/dancers on their counters. And don't get me wrong, one blog with 50 average hits per day is not proven to be better than one with 49 average hits per day. As far as I am concerned they are even. Now if you have one with 10 average hits per day, Moanalua Corridor with 50 htis per day is much better than yours, but that is about all you can say.

From Consumer Report:
Facebook has slowly but surely eroded the privacy controls that were centrally important to attracting users in the first place, in an effort to make more data available to advertisers. ReadWriteWeb reports that many of the TOS and privacy changes have amounted to a bait-and-switch, with Facebook suggesting that such changes will make the site more useful when in reality, the changes only enabled Facebook and third-parties greater access to data.

"Daylight Fading" By Counting Crows

Pub's Side Note: Yes, much of what is written in our blogs is copied from newsletters, magazines and other Web or Blogs sites. Rudyard Kipling once wrote: "When ‘omer smote ‘is blooming lyre. He’d ‘eard men sing by land an’ sea; An’ what he thought ‘e might require, ‘e went an’ took, -- the same as me."

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Moanalua Corridor Waking up

There are an awful lot of good people in this section. Just accustomed to dancing in town mostly. Now I begin to see a few people from Kalihi. They will be coming. And why not, no matter how you slice it, there is still traffic in town. And perhaps the people in the Moanalua Corridor are nicer.

"The best way out is always through. - Fortune favors the brave."

The young are doing very well in the upper Moanalua Corridor but some dancing places can get a little rough. Anyway, the developing night life is becoming more evident. From there someone will think of a place in the upper Corridor for the Cultural Dancer. A bit older group but interested in enjoying themselves with dancing and a few drinks and closer to home.
Saturday, February, 11th.
On the Waianae Coast, the saying is there, though no one has ever done anything with it. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes. In Waikiki, it takes me 20 minutes to get out of the Parking Area."

So tomorrow, Saturday we have the opportunity to lay down some shoe leather and enjoy the movement to our kind of good music and closer to home.

Dancing With The Stars,
Review by Carol Smith

I  remember the judge Len Goodman telling a winner in DWTS, once upon a time "I like to see flowers and I like to see the lawn. Your dancing was all flowers and no lawn."

DWTS non-professionals have weak basic foundations simply because it takes years to develop. On that foundation, they put a rather fancy building with a heavy roof. I don't mean to be bashful, they simply don't have an option to spend a year or two on training or to dance basic steps on national TV.

I'm not trying to take away the fact that they really do work hard. The dancing looks so good on TV partly because half of the couple is a top notch professional, partly because the choreography is designed to work well for the partnership.

"Teach Me Tonight" by the DeCastro Sisters.

So yes, a lot of that dancing is "flashy trash". Maybe 30% of the basic dance is still there. They dance advanced choreography that is normally danced in your 3rd - 6th year of competitive ballroom training. Some of it is never danced, as some of the moves are not allowed in ballroom as has pointed out many times.

You are more likely to learn the same exact stuff if you take "theater arts" ballroom classes. But those are usually private classes, that is, instructor is working with only one person/couple, that would be you. That's very expensive and not very effective if you don't have any training. If you go to regular ballroom classes you will have a lot of fun even if you don't learn the DWTS moves.